Refinishing Kitchen Chairs
I just got done refinishing our kitchen chairs, something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. They have been the subject of paint splatters for about a year now. I knew I wanted to refinish them, so when paint got on them from various projects I just waved it away saying, “I’m going to refinish them soon anyway.” Now that they’re finished they went from, “eh” to “Hey, don’t breathe on those.” 🙂 This is a before picture:
I didn’t sand the chairs down to bare wood because I was going from a lighter stain to a darker stain. Here’s a fantastic article by Salvaged Inspirations, that explains staining from lighter stain to darker stain without stripping down to the bare wood. As you can see from this picture, it’s not sanded to the bare wood, but enough that the grain will accept the new stain.
I like using an old rag when applying the stain, and a high quality sponge brush when applying the polyurethane. I applied 2 coats of Minwax Dark Walnut stain (my favorite right now). I then applied a coat of polyurethane. After the first coat of polyurethane was dried, I sanded with 220 grit sandpaper, wiped the chairs down and applied a second coat of poly. I almost did the poly process a third time, but opted to stop after the second coat. Here are the finished chairs:
Every time I walk by these chairs I want to whistle at them. They clean up nice. 😉
I’m hoping to refinish the kitchen table soon.
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